Humorous disease names

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Jun 4 20:35:09 UTC 2008

On Jun 4, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

> I learned "zorch" in a different sense in the early sixties: the
> conventional zigzag symbolization of a lightning bolt, with the zigs
> longer than the zags (or vice versa, if you prefer), often used as an
> icon for danger of electric shock. I never heard it used widely,
> though.

i have a dim recollection of this sense.  just tried to find it in
Mort Walker's The Lexicon of Comicana, but without success.


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